To/From airport options:
The Little America Hotel has teamed up with City Creek Limousine which has many transportation options for visitors. The hotel offers three different shuttle options for visitors to select. The prices range from $25 to $45 per person. Click here for more information or call 801-596-5799.
UTA: TRAX (train) is another mode of transportation that conference attendees can take to the Little America Hotel. The cost per person is $2.50 one way or $5.00 round trip. Visitors will take the TRAX Green Line 704 and get on at the Airport Station and get off at the Courthouse Station. For more information, visit the schedules and maps or call 801-743-3882.
Uber and Lyft are also great options for transportation. Depending on the size of the car, a ride from Uber costs $10 to $40 per ride (not per person). That price range is for pick up at the Salt Lake International Airport to the Little America Hotel. Click here for more information about Uber.Lyft offers two size options for riders, Lyft and Plus. A ride from Lyft starting at the Sale Lake City International Airport to the Little America Hotel (one to three people) is $10 and a ride from Plus (six seats/six people) is $15. Click here for more information about Lyft.
One mode of transportation that we do not suggest is a taxicab. The deregulation of cabs in Salt Lake City has caused a spike in rates and a decrease in the quality of service. Deregulation means that drivers can charge whatever they want and are not required to tell you the price beforehand or give you a receipt. Plus, the taxicab companies are no longer required to do background checks on their employees/drivers. For more information, see the Salt Lake Tribune's coverage of the taxicab deregulation.
To/From downtown options:
The Utah Transit Authority provides a public transportation system in the Salt Lake Valley, serving Salt Lake City and many of its suburbs. In the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City, there is a "Free Fare Zone" that conference attendees may utilize during the convention. Passengers may ride for free when entering and exiting a fixed-route bus, para-transit vehicle or TRAX light rail train within the boundaries of the Free Fare Zone. Passengers will not be asked to provide proof of payment for using the system unless they enter or exit outside of the zone, and there is no limit on the amount of times the Free Fare Zone can be utilized.Each TRAX station will inform you when the next train is arriving, usually within 15 minutes. If you do not want to wait, it takes about 10 minutes to walk to the heart of downtown. Little America is about 4 large city blocks south of the city.
It's easy and convenient to take advantage of this free transportation, especially in the snowy winter months for which Utah is famous. When boarding, simply tell the driver you intend to stay in the zone to ride without charge. To see where the zone begins and ends, click here.
The Free Fare Zone is an excellent tool for designing and personalizing a visit to Salt Lake City because it encompasses countless restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Many of Salt Lake's most popular attractions are within the zone, including the Little America Hotel and Temple Square.
Local Host Activities
The local hosts in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah have planned several fun activities for convention goers. All the events take place on Saturday, February 18. If you want to participate, sign up when you preregister for the conference. If the minimum numbers are not met, the events will be cancelled and those who registered will be notified and refunded.
Ski Solitude! $83.00* 8:00 - 5:00
While in town, be sure to take advantage of Utah's amazing skiing opportunities at Solitude Mountain Resort. Conveniently located 30 miles from Salt Lake City, Solitude features 1,200 acres of incredible terrain, 77 named runs, 3 bowls, a Nordic Center and some of the most impressive off-piste terrain in the country.
Note: This is for the lift ticket only; equipment rental is an additional cost; transportation may be an additional fee and will be arranged once pre-registration ends January 30, 2017.
Natural History Museum $15.00* 12:00 - 3:00
Plan on joining us for an exploration of Utah's Natural History Museum. Nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range, the Natural History Museum rests on a series of terraces that follow the contours of the hillside, blending into the environment. The building is located along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a popular location for hiking and mountain biking, which serves as the Museum's "main street." With a number of permanent exhibits showcasing local biodiversity, geography, and cultures, as well as a special exhibit on the role of poisons throughout history, the Natural History Museum provides an exciting and informative exploration of Utah's history.
*Note: Transportation may be an additional fee. This will be assessed once pre-registration ends January 30, 2017
Temple Square free 12:30 - 2:00
A trip to Salt Lake City is never complete without a visit to the historic Temple Square. Come learn more about the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle (home of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir), and the famous 11 foot marble Christus statue on a 30-minute guided tour of the beautiful grounds and buildings of Temple Square. Led by a volunteer guide from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the tour will conclude in enough time to allow you additional time to wander the grounds on your own pace.
Ice Skating at Gallivan Center Skate Rental $8.00 1:00 - 3:00
Site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Medal Ceremonies, this outdoor ice skating rink is surrounded by illuminated trees and features a concessions stand for those wanting to warm up with a hot beverage. For a small additional fee, small lockers are available for your personal items. Sign up on the WSCA website at no charge and pay when you arrive at the Gallivan Center.
Self-Inflicted Pub Crawl Pay as you Go 3:00 - 5:00 or ??
Learn from the locals and take a walking tour of the city's tastiest taverns. You will be escorted through the mean streets of Salt Lake City as you visit microbreweries such as Squatters, Red Rock Brewing, and others. Sign up on the WSCA website when you register for the conference so the local hosts can coordinate this event.
Some recommended popular sports among the locals:
Bars & Clubs
Keys on Main
Eva’s Small Plates & Drinks
Current Fish Oyster
The Lion House
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Hope Gallery of Fine Art
Off Broadway Theatre
Salt Lake Temple Square
City Creek Shopping Center
WSCA Salt Lake City Activities
While in Salt Lake City for the Western States Communication Association Conference in February, there are a variety of activities for visitors to experience. These activities include pre-planned reservations, events that require tickets, and inexpensive outings which allow conference attendees to experience the culture of the city. While there are a number of fun and exciting local events planned, the events listed here are easily accessible via public transportation or centrally located downtown. We invite all visitors coming into town for the conference to enjoy the opportunities these events present.
Downtown Activities, within walking distance or the free fare zone:
● The Spoken Word: Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, free, no ticket required. Doors open at Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., guests should be seated by 9:15 a.m. For more information, go to https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/events/music-and-the-spoken-word.html
● Clark Planetarium: entry is free with several exhibits around the facility, as well as various shows which require a ticket. For more information, go to http://clarkplanetarium.org/
● The Leonardo: Adult general admission ticket is $12.95 and will provide access to all of the main exhibits. For more information, go to http://www.theleonardo.org/
● The Salt Lake City Main Library: There are a variety of events, shops, and activities that go on for free or at very low prices, including historical discussions, concerts, festivals, and art exhibitions. For more information, go to http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us/ or http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us/events/view/5839/
● Matilda the Musical: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater 131 S. Main St. SLC, UT 84101. Phone: 801-355-ARTS(2787) February 21: 7:30 PM February 22: 7:30 PM and February 23: 7:30 PM Tickets are not currently on sale. For more information, go to http://www.broadway-at-the-eccles.com/shows/matilda
● The Sleeping Beauty: Capitol Theater: Presented by Ballet West 50 W. 200 S. SLC, UT 84101 Phone: 801-355-ARTS (2787) February 17, 18, 23: 7:30 PM and February 18 & 19: 2:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $19-$87. For more information, go to https://arttix.artsaltlake.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=16106
● Plan-B’s Virtue: Rose Wagner Theater: Play, 138 West 300 South SLC, UT 84103. Phone: 801-355-ARTS (2787). February 17, 18, & 23: 8:00 PM and February 18 & 19: 4:00 PM. Tickets are $20. For more information, go to https://artsaltlake.org/production/plan-bs-virtue/
● Mozart’s Requiem: Abravenal Hall 123 W. South Temple, SLC UT 84101 Phone: 801-355-ARTS (2787). Tickets are on sale. Prices range from $21-$71, February 17 & 18: 7:30 PM. For More information, go to https://artsaltlake.org/production/mozarts-requiem/
● Elvis Lives: Eccles Theater/Delta Hall: Multi-media Live Musical 131 S. Main St. SLC, UT 84101. Phone: 801-355-ARTS (2787). February 18: 8:00 PM. Tickets are on sale. Prices range from $35-$60. For more information, go to https://artsaltlake.org/production/elvis-lives/
● City Creek Mall: http://www.shopcitycreekcenter.com/
● Gateway Mall: http://www.shopthegateway.com/
University of Utah Events - outside of free fare zone; ticket required for all events
● Women’s Basketball
○ Utah vs Oregon Feb 17th. 6:00pm.
○ Oregon State Feb 19th 2:00pm.
○ Utah vs UCLA Feb 18th 8:00pm
● Men’s Tennis
○ Utah vs New Mexico Feb 18th 12:00pm
○ Utah vs Montana Feb 18 at 5:00pm
● Women’s Tennis
○ Utah vs Weber State Feb 19th TBD
○ Utah vs Wisconsin Feb19th TBD
● See: http://www.utahutes.com for tickets and more information
● Remember that Trax may be the best option for avoiding parking. It runs every 15 minutes and has stations right in front of Rice Eccles stadium and The Huntsman Center.
Non-University Activities outside of the free fare zone
● Ski resorts for skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, cross country, sledding, cabin amenities, and more
○ Alta. Phone: (801) 359-1078
○ Brighton Resort. Phone: (801) 532-4731
○ Deer Valley Resort. Phone: (435) 649-1000
○ Solitude Mountain Resort. Phone: (801) 534-1400
○ More unique options also available with the Salt lake visitors guide http://www.visitsaltlake.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/winter-activities/
● Activities available up the canyons without a lift ticket
○ Cross country skiing
- Snowball fights (may not require canyon access)